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#26 2014-06-24 8:45pm

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

im suprised no one has said either the Skyway or the kuwahara.
Growing up in the UK it was all about the dream of owning either a Haro or a skyway but waking up on Christmas day to Mums version from the catalouge !!!   

and the Kuwahara......what kid didnt want to get big air after watching E.T .....
Doesnt that make the bike truly iconic !!!

Interesting to see that the Haro is mentioned in nearly everyones list ...so maybe that really is the most iconic BMX for freestyle !

Just sayin .


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#27 2014-06-25 12:06am

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

stockcar3 wrote:

im suprised no one has said either the Skyway or the kuwahara.
Growing up in the UK it was all about the dream of owning either a Haro or a skyway but waking up on Christmas day to Mums version from the catalouge !!!   

and the Kuwahara......what kid didnt want to get big air after watching E.T .....
Doesnt that make the bike truly iconic !!!

Interesting to see that the Haro is mentioned in nearly everyones list ...so maybe that really is the most iconic BMX for freestyle !

Just sayin .

Still just a glorified Torker.  wink

And the ET bike isn't freestyle.  smile


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#28 2014-06-25 12:41am

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I was only interested in what was flying out of the pipeline skatepark, and there were only two I cared about, GTs and Haros, and on Skyway Tuffs. Everything else just wasn't drool-worthy. Today my list is longer, but BITD, there were only two brands I ever noticed, with the exception of Standing Gear forks. I noticed them, but only because they were called that and they were pretty useless. Now I'd LOVE to have a set.


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#29 2014-06-25 6:31am

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Iconic, to me, means to sum up an era or one that stands out as a symbol of the times.

Mongoose Supergoose-  They were everywhere and that head tube gusset just screams BMX

PK Ripper- Who didn't lust after one?

85 Haro Master in green- The first freestyle bike to just stand head and shoulders above everything else

84 Gt Pro Performer- Sleek lines and Eddie Fiola

Skyway T/A- the teardrop tubing and tuff wheels make it a classic design and look.


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#30 2014-06-25 8:32am

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BMX BILL wrote:

1986 Haro Sport
1986 Haro Master
1986 GT World Tour
1986 Redline RL-20II
1986 Hutch Trick Star

Tits line up!!tonguetonguetongue


1984 schwinn predator p2200 1986 haro group 1 rs2 1986 Schwinn Predator Free Form Z
1986 haro sport & 1986 haro master
1987 schwinn predator free form ex
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#31 2014-06-25 8:36am

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Here r mine:
86 Haro sport
88 Haro sport
86 Schwinn Free Form Z
86 Redline RL 22
87 Dyno Pro Comp


1984 schwinn predator p2200 1986 haro group 1 rs2 1986 Schwinn Predator Free Form Z
1986 haro sport & 1986 haro master
1987 schwinn predator free form ex
1988 haro sport 1986 Schwinn Predator Qualifier

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#32 2014-06-25 9:21am

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Most wouldn't consider the Skyway T/A or PK Ripper a freestyle bike, but they are on the top of my list as top freestylers... the first "freestyle" bikes I ever saw in person were a T/A and a PK.  Adding to that list, I'd say the 85 Pro Performer, 85 Haro Master, and 86 RL 20 II.

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#33 2014-06-25 9:35am

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I'm not a freestyle guy, love the bikes though. As an 80's racer and BMX lover, Redline RL-20II was the bike of bikes for me. All the others were second place............


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#34 2014-06-25 9:46am

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The Hutch Trickstar had a very steep headtube angle that made most of the popular tricks at that time easier for most riders. It was quick and had well placed standing platforms. It was also strong. Its my pick for flatland although Rick Rickard rode quarter pipes on one with a coaster brake and went very high.

For vert and quarter I would say the Haro Sport simply because most of the guys I remember riding with chose this frame. It was kinda light, and a bit longer than the Master. DMC rode the Master but he could ride anything on any bike and made it look easy.

Lastly, the Redline RL 20II. Great for both and it looked awesome. RL came to Georgia one summer on a solid chrome one with all chrome components. The sun was bright and his bike could be seen from the interstate.
All around, Redline.


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#35 2014-06-25 9:49am

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GT ruled the Mid to Late 1980's in Cleveland , especially 1988 when I moved back from Minnesota . There were of course a lot of other brands , but a GT Pro Performer or World Tour were the bikes to own and ride .


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#36 2014-06-25 9:56am

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This is a difficult question. All these bikes to me are like women. I can find at least one thing about them that I love and used to daydream about riding them.
pun intended


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#37 2014-06-25 11:48am

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I know its not the best bike but b.i.t.d. The mongoose cailfornian with the red asscories  was the bike I liked.I thought it was the greatest bike ever.....cool

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#38 2014-06-26 8:48pm

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My list and I own them too smile

SE quad freestyle 85
CW freestyler 85
GT pro performer 84
Hutch trickstar 86
Redline Rl 20 ii 86
And gotta add
GT Pro Freestyle tour 89


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#39 2014-06-27 6:07am

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

Next
Walgoose
Huffy
Thurst
Wal-dk

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#40 2014-06-27 6:20am

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Haro-83 wrote:

Next
Walgoose
Huffy
Thurst
Wal-dk

Shit, negro, you forgot, Murray!


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#41 2014-06-27 8:44am

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Harodave4130 wrote:

The Hutch Trickstar had a very steep headtube angle that made most of the popular tricks at that time easier for most riders. It was quick and had well placed standing platforms. It was also strong. Its my pick for flatland although Rick Rickard rode quarter pipes on one with a coaster brake and went very high.

For vert and quarter I would say the Haro Sport simply because most of the guys I remember riding with chose this frame. It was kinda light, and a bit longer than the Master. DMC rode the Master but he could ride anything on any bike and made it look easy.

Lastly, the Redline RL 20II. Great for both and it looked awesome. RL came to Georgia one summer on a solid chrome one with all chrome components. The sun was bright and his bike could be seen from the interstate.
All around, Redline.

well said....100% agree....i would just throw in an 87 Osborn pro, an Ozone and an 87 dayglow PFT....


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#42 2014-06-27 1:43pm

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hermes33 wrote:

BMX BILL wrote:

1986 Haro Sport
1986 Haro Master
1986 GT World Tour
1986 Redline RL-20II
1986 Hutch Trick Star

Tits line up!!tonguetonguetongue

I agree , pretty much most bikes before 85 where just race bikes , not as many freestyle options till the mid 80's . That's just my opinion from Indiana, maybe Cali had more options and it took a couple years to reach us.

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#43 2014-07-22 9:21am

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ttt


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#44 2014-07-22 9:43am

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

stockcar3 wrote:

I have seen several threads with reference to what is the  "The Holy Grail " but of course Human nature means everyone replies with the bike they as an individual most want. Now an old 80s Catalouge Iron House is very rare (probably because they were so s**t and they broke in half making them easier to throw on the tip) so very hard to find, but that doesnt make it a Holy Grail. More a personal want (lost childhood etc etc)
Its a shame as i would love to know what are considered the ultimate top 5 bikes to find.........

However ..... to make this easier i thought i would ask for the following...


Name what you would Consider the top 6 Iconic Old School Freestyle Bikes ?

(This may avoid a list of what we are looking for or would actually would like to own/build)

Whether you like em or not ...which would you consider most iconic ?

Personally speaking

Haro Freestyler 1982
Skyway Ta 1983
Haro Sport 1984
Hutch Trickstar
GT Pro Performer 84
Pk Ripper

But hey, im interested in what you guys think :-)

Richard Rees UK London

I'm a bit confused, title says top 5, first post says top 6.  Title says FREESTYLE bikes but the OPs list includes Skyway TA and PK Ripper  hmmhmm

Now, I understand what several people have said about race bikes being their freestyle bikes in the early days, but to me that does NOT make the race bike an iconic freestyle bike, it's still just a race bike that was multi tasked.

So anyhow, I guess my list has to go

1 Haro Master
2 GT Pro Performer/World Tour
3 Haro Sport
4 Dyno Pro Compe
5 Mongoose Decade

I know Redline RL 20II and Hutch Trickstar probably belong on the list but I just didn't really even know about them back in the day so it's hard to include them without feeling like I'm just being a sheep following what other people tell me.

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#45 2014-07-22 11:33am

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In order to put together a 'logical' list, I believe we need to split the sport of freestyle into it's 2 main genres. I have no experience with the old school bikes listed here but I am confident in my estimation that certain freestyle bikes listed up until now were better suited for either flatland/street or vert.

I can see how a PK or Skyway was listed by some members. Perhaps they were iconic for vert riders. And a Trickstar was most likely iconic for flatland. There definitely may be some bikes that crossed over into both flatland and vert. Let's try the list again, this time top 5 flat and top 5 street and top 5 crossover.

.......................Freestyle...................

Flatland (street)     
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
             
Vert
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Crossover (solid for flat and vert)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

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#46 2014-07-22 4:18pm

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

If it's 5 most iconic old school FREESTYLERs (from 80 to 89 say), I would say:

Chrome Torker
Chrome Haro Freestyler
Yellow   Gt ProPerformer or World Tour
Pink       Hutch Trickstar
Any colour but probably white/chrome Redline RL20 II

The Torker being the odd one out, helping spawn bmx freestyle, but not designed for it...maybe the list should start at 82 with the Haro, and something else after the RL20??????????

Rare, interesting, personal favourites etc is another thread...

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#47 2014-07-24 3:53am

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I seriously do not get the guys who are leaving Dyno's off the list.  That was the most ubiquitous OS frestyle bike.  Period.  That alone warrants it being "iconic".


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#48 2014-07-24 4:03am

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Re: MOST ICONIC OLD SCHOOL FREESTYLE BMX TOP 5

(1) Ozone Method One
.
(2) Haro Master
.
(3)Hutch Trick Star
.
(4) Kuwahara Bravo Team
.
(5) GT Pro Freestyle Tour
.
I would of put a RL 20 II in the mix...but they were good for nothing but show-boating!


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#49 2014-07-24 5:04am

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IPD wrote:

I seriously do not get the guys who are leaving Dyno's off the list.  That was the most ubiquitous OS frestyle bike.  Period.  That alone warrants it being "iconic".

Back in 86 I had my pick of bikes, any bike (I was a lucky kid).  I went for a blue with white parts Dyno compe. That bike was even in my dreams.
So my vote as a 15 year old in 1986, went for the Dyno Compe.
The most Iconic bike to me.


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#50 2014-07-24 5:40am

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Beating on bikes for not being freestyle bikes is not very freestyle.

The cool thing about "freestyle" is that it was whatever you wanted it to be.  Jumping off a curb? Freestyle. Fuzzy busting a dipped 3 in the middle of a race?  Freestyle as hell.  Riding whatever bike you had whereever you happened to be riding? You get the point.

Having said that, I still maintain that the first real "freestyle" bike (as opposed to a created marketing gimmick) was the Dirtbike.

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